Label: Perseverance Media Group
Release Date: 25/02/2022
Country: United States
Before I get into this review, I don’t think I need to introduce George Corpsegrinder Fisher to anyone. I believe all of you reading this should already be familiar with the Cannibal Corpse front man and death metal icon. In that same sense, I believe that all of you should have an idea of what to expect from this album before ever listening to it. On that note I take a look at Corpsegrinder‘s self-titled debut, released yesterday through Perseverance Media Group.
I went into this album expecting to hear something along the line of Cannibal Corpse but with a more melodic twist to it and I was happy to see that I was spot on with my assumption. I’ll state that I’ve been a huge fan of many of George’s various side projects over the years. I feel like he shows more diversity in these ventures than in Cannibal Corpse, both with his songwriting and his vocal range. A prime example of this is Paths of Possession, one of my all-time favourite melodic death metal bands. To me this release feels like a halfway point between that style of death metal and Cannibal Corpses signature sound, a balance that I can really get behind.
A key draw for the album is of course George’s vocals, which as we all know have an insane amount of power and force behind them. To call him a commanding vocalist is an understatement, and he is at the top of his game with this release. The way his voice carries through the instrumentals has always stood out to me from many other vocalists, it almost feels like another instrument in the mix.
The other element that really stands out about the album is the guitar tone, which is pretty much a perfect sound for an album of this nature. It has just enough filth and heaviness to it to give the album a real bite, but not so much that it impacts the overall melody and rhythm on the album. For that we have to thank Charlie Bellmore of Kingdom of Sorrow and currently working with Dee Snider. Charlie is also responsible for bass work on the album, which works perfectly in the mix.
You’ll also find some guest guitar from Erik Rutan, who is riding high after his killer performance on the last Cannibal Corpse album, which many consider featuring some of their best riffs in years. It shouldn’t come as a surprise given his years of experience playing in Hate Eternal and formerly Morbid Angel among other projects.
The drum work on the album works well in unison with the guitar and vocals. For that we have to thank Nick Bellmore (formerly of Toxic Holocaust) of Kingdom of Sorrow and currently working with Dee Snider. He is also responsible for production, recording, mixing, and mastering with co-production from Jamey Jasta.
Lastly, I have to praise the album art, which is honestly fantastic. It embodies everything that death metal fans love about the genre as well as George’s iconic status within the extreme metal scene. For this awesome piece we have Dan Goldsworthy to thank.
If you’re a Cannibal Corpse fan or a death metal fan in general I highly recommend giving this album a listen. This is one example of the hype actually being appropriate for an album. I was nervous going into the release that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but I’m happy to say that it did.
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